Beer: The porter story
Porter has come a long way since the 1700s, said Spike Carter in Bloomberg.com. The style, created to salvage stale beer by masking its off flavors with malt, today is a close cousin to stout, characterized by dark notes of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. A good porter “pairs perfectly with a roaring fire.”
Anchor Porter San Francisco Launched in the 1970s, when American porters were rare, Anchor’s remains “one of the very best,” its dark chocolate and coffee flavors backed by a light bitterness.
Maine Beer Co. King Titus Freeport, Maine Named after a beloved gorilla, “robustly chocolatey” King Titus is “brilliantly executed,” like so many of the brewery’s other beers.
Three Floyds Topless Wytch Munster, Ind. Three Floyds is a force in the Midwest, and its “decadent” Baltic porter offers “luscious roasty notes” that “make way for a sweet malty finish.